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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, editor of Pogonina.com

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a comparable level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

A delicate question that I would like to address today is that some of the results featured in our weekly hit list may be a product of cheating. In fact, a few GMs have expressed their opinion that Borislav Ivanov's recent performance was too good to be true for a players of his level. However, presumption of innocence is still in place, so his games haven't been removed from the top-10.

Top-10 upsets:

Bohak (2068) - Gunsek (1603), 0-1, 465 points
Spelec (2066) - Murko (1634), 0-1, 432 points
Kozul (2638) - Ivanov (2227), 0-1, 411 points
Kukurin (1802) - Babic (2177), 1-0, 375 points
Murk0 (1634) - Tolic (1976), 1-0, 342 points
Ivanov (2227) - Kurajica (2565), 1-0, 338 points
Kevlishvili (1941) - Mamejarova (2277), 1-0, 336 points
Ivanov (2227) - Zelcic (2560), 1-0, 323 points
Senders (1967) - Pel (2288), 1-0, 321 points
Vogel (2166) - Plat (2483), 1-0, 317 points

Average gap: 366; White won 7 games, Black won 3 games

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Alexey Dreev won Russian Rapid Grand Prix Final

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Monday, 24 December 2012
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Experience vs. youth - super GM Alexei Dreev and IM Vladislav Artemiev, photo (C) russiachess.org

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The Russian Rapid Grand Prix final was a knock-out event featuring 16 players. The prize fund was 1.4 million rubles (about $45,000); 1st prize - 320,000 rubles. It was held in Kirov on December 23-24.

The major sensation of the tournament was Vladislav Artemiev's performance. The 14-year old IM has one of the highest ratings on PlayChess and his own fan club on VKontakte.ru (the largest Russian social network), where his fans publish a lot of funny demotivators about their hero. In the Rapid Grand Prix final he defeated such a solid GM as Alexander Galkin, Russian Chess Champion Dmitry Andreikin and another chess prodigy - GM Sanan Sjugirov.


Here is a typical example of the art. The caption reads: "Vladik, thank you for the draw!"

1/8-final
Dreev (2748) - Kim (2068): 2-0
Andreikin (2712) - Dordzhieva (2091): 2-0
Savchenko (2634) - Ubiennykh (2329): 2-0
Sjugirov (2665) - Sukhareva (2248): 2-0
Stukopin (2517) - Ponkratov (2624): 1.5-0.5
Artemiev (2536) - Galkin (2623): 2-1*
Maletin (2595) - Yudin (2621): 2-1*
Shomoev (2488) - Smirnov (2627): 2-1*

*In the case of a tie an Armageddon game had to be played.

1/4-final
Dreev (2748) - Maletin (2595): 2-0
Shomoev (2488) - Savchenko (2634): 2-0
Artemiev (2536) - Andreikin (2712): 1.5-0.5
Sjugirov (2665) - Stukopin (2517): 2-1

1/2-final
Artemiev (2536) - Sjugirov (2665): 2-0
Dreev (2748) - Shomoev (2488): 1.5-0.5

Final

Dreev (2748) - Artemiev (2536) : 1.5-0.5

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Last Updated ( Monday, 24 December 2012 )
 

Chess Tactics

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Sunday, 23 December 2012
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b) How would you evaluate this position?

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 December 2012 )
 

Chess Week on Twitter

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Saturday, 22 December 2012
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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of some of the most informative chess tweets from last week. All the fresh chess news in one short post:

Russian Rapid Grand Prix final will be a knock-out event featuring 16 GMs, starting on Dec. 23rd

End of the world was delayed

World Mind Games have taken place in Bejing

Christmas Puzzler from Chess.com

Good luck!

Was 2012 a good year for your chess-wise?

25 cities are participating; Paris is the top seed

After 5 years the chess legends are leading 3-2 over the ladies

Quote of the week


A LOTR fan's delight


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Last Updated ( Saturday, 22 December 2012 )
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Sport Accord World Mind Games

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Thursday, 20 December 2012


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The World Mind Sport Games have been taking place since 2008 in five disciplines - chess, checkers, go, bridge and Chinese chess. This year's edition was held in Bejing, China. Many of the world's top players decided to take part in rapid, blitz and blindfold chess competitions. Here are the tournament results:

Rapid chess, men


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The results of the rapid competition were sensational indeed - very few people expected Laurent Fressinet to win, while the reigning World Rapid Chess Champion Sergey Karjakin and such elite GMs as Levon Aronian and Vassily Ivanchuk finished close to the end of the tournament standings.

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Rapid chess, women

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The rapid women's event was hard-fought and went to Kateryna Lahno, who had a better tie-break score than Hou Yifan, Koneru Humpy and Anna Muzychuk. The World Women's Rapid Chess Champion Antoaneta Stefanova finished 7th.

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Blitz chess, men


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Sergey Karjakin won the blitz section convincingly with a 1.5 point lead over Hikaru Nakamura, who, in his own turn, managed to score 2 points more than the players who shared 3-5 places. World Blitz Chess Champion Alexander Grischuk was placed 7th.

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Blitz chess, women

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Ex-Women's World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is known for her remarkable blitz skills. She won the competition ahead of Anna Muzychuk (who had the same number of points and a worse tie-break score).

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Blinfold chess, men
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Levon Aronian finally broke his string of upsetting performances and won the blindfold division. The main disappointment was Alexander Morozevich's result. After all, he is known as one of the best blindfold chess players in history.

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Blindfold chess, women
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The youngest Women's World Chess Champion (and already a former one) Hou Yifan achieved a great result in blindfold chess - 6/7. Her only loss came to Viktoria Cmilyte, who got silver. Anna Zatonskih finished at clear third.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 December 2012 )
 

David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

by Candidate Master Peter Zhdanov

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a comparable level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

A few of the games have been played in a rapid chess event, hence the large rating gaps.

Top-10 upsets:

Vasquez Garrido (1458) - Sandoval Lopez (2172), 714 points (new record!)
Male (2119) - Rublevsky (2688), 1-0, 569 points
Gosciniak (2099) - Nyzhnyk (2637), 1-0, 538 points
Khamidov (2095) - Miton (2626), 1-0, 531 points
Goh (1794) - Medina (2313), 1-0, 519 points
Lim (1863) - De Ramos (2362), 1-0, 499 points
Sandoval (1485) - Pabol Sarmiento (1952), 1-0, 467 points
Minina (2057) - Bryzgalin (2485), 1-0, 428 points
Trubchaninov (1939) - Rozhko (2359), 1-0, 420 points
Pushkov (2404) - Sunzhukhanov (1986), 0-1, 418 points

Average gap: 510 points (new record!); White won 9 games, Black won 1 game

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 December 2012 )
 

Oldhands defeated Snowdrops: 17-15

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As usual, the Snowdrops vs. Oldhands match took part in the Czech Republic, this time in Podebrady. This was the 5th match of this kind, and previously the score was equal: 2 matches ended in the favor of the veterans and 2 went to girls.

At first it seemed like the ladies will triumph again: they crushed their opponents 3.5-0.5 in the first round and won 2.5-1.5 in the second round. However, the chess legends decided not to give up that easily: they managed to equalize the score after round 7 and came on top in the decisive round 3-1! Overall, the Oldhands have scored 17 points and the Snowdrops - 15.

Individual results:

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Oleg Romanishin (2530) - 4.5/8
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Vlastimil Hort (2455) - 4.5
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Fridrik Olafsson (2419) - 4
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Wolfgang Uhlmann (2319) - 4

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Tania Sachdev (2400) - 6/8
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Valentina Gunina (2517) - 3.5
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Alina Kashlinskaya (2344) - 3.5
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Kristyna Havlikova (2310) - 2

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Last Updated ( Monday, 17 December 2012 )
 

Chess Week on Twitter

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Saturday, 15 December 2012
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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of some of the most informative chess tweets from last week. All the fresh chess news in one short post:

How does it feel to be 2861?

ICC sessions are paying off

Congratulations to Vishy Anand on his recent birthday and one more award

Nakamura and Hou Yifan are leading the WSMG after Day I

Will the veterans be able to catch up with the ladies?

Strong body, strong mind

Famous Russian hospitality: a GM from Poland won the Russian Cup

Always worth watching live or in replay

A fantastic line-up coming up

Cheapo alert



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Endgame Tactics

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Magnus Carlsen on beating Garry Kasparov's record

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